I've been noticing a trend on Instagram recently of so called "collabs". Essentially one Instagram user gives another Instagram user permission to download their photos, re-edit them, and post them on their own gallery. The idea behind it being a mutually benefitial, win-win sort of situation. One get's plugged, and the other get's praised for his photo editing skills. It's similar to what IG hubs like @instagood and @igmasters do by featuring users. But there's a big problem with this.
First of all, you shouldn't get praised for the edit you did to a photo you didn't take. I don't want to downplay the importance of editing photos, but I think that that part of the process is the least important. You have to take a good image first with the camera. No matter how much VSCO you throw at a picture, if you didn't take a good one the first time, the presets are not going to save it. When you actually do have a great picture that already looks amazing in RAW format, the filters and presets are just icing on the cake. That was a cake metaphor.
The other problem I'm seeing on Instagram with these "collabs" is that people aren't aware that these photos weren't taken by the editor. Some are good at pushing people to checkout the "authors" account, others are not so much.
With the exception of surreal photo composites with Photoshop, (think waterfalls in the New York City Skyline) you just can't make a photo you didn't take your own with an edit, literally and figuratively speaking. You're not going to be able to give your voice and vision to a photo you didn't take.